The Spider #99 Audiobook
The Crime Laboratory
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Bringing the corrupt District Attorney into the shadow of the Chair was one of the Spider’s most brilliant and daring strokes, until — just as the Crime Corporation’s leaders were about to be exposed — Richard Wentworth suffered the blow that caused amnesia!... while the Murder Twins prepared to do their hideous master’s ghastly bidding!
The Spider was the only pulp hero to suffer under a messiah complex of immense proportions. As Norvell W. Page related his complicated backstory: “Wentworth had sworn his crusades of justice long ago solely because of his hatred of injustice, his great altruistic love for mankind.
“Oh, there had been personal reasons behind his initial foray beyond the law—a dear friend was being framed out of life and honor and home. And there had been the example of his father, who had died when Wentworth was scarcely in his teens, a great lawyer murdered by criminals because he had dared defy them to save an innocent man they had made their scapegoat.”
Norvell W. Page’s mark on The Spider as a messiah like figure would remain, even in his absence, adventure after adventure. Although each writer brought his own style to the tales, all had to work with the madness and panicked pacing Page had infused into the character for all time.
Nick Santa Maria reads this exciting suspense story of murder, mayhem and mystery that perfectly evokes 1941 Manhattan. The Crime Laboratory originally published in The Spider magazine, December, 1941.
Chapter 1: Invitation to Death
Chapter 2: Bill Rendered
Chapter 3: The Spider Weaves
Chapter 4: Justice for All
Chapter 5: The Web Grows
Chapter 6: Where Death Waits
Chapter 7: The Jaws Close
Chapter 8: Half-Past Dying Time
Chapter 9: The Spider Disposes
Chapter 10: Murder Twins
Chapter 11: Teacher Death
Chapter 12: Empty Victory
Chapter 13: Living Targets
Chapter 14: Number Seventeen
Chapter 15: While Justice Sleeps
Chapter 16: Eleven O’Clock
Chapter 17: The Spider Confesses
Chapter 18: Pay-Off
Chapter 19: Murderers’ Row
Nick Santa Maria Nick was born early in life in Brooklyn, NY. His theatrical background is based in Comedy Improv. He was a long standing member of the late lamented Miami based, Mental Floss, where he served as head writer/composer. From there he began his career in commercials, voice-overs, TV, Film, and theatre. He has performed in many roles on the stage including his award winning turn as Nick in Over The River And Through The Woods, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, in The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee as Mr. Panch (3-D Theatricals), Mr. Bromhead in No Sex Please, We’re British at The Norris, and as Pseudolus in, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Norris Theatre. Television: The Buffalo Bill Show, B.J. Stryker, and two Disney Christmas Specials. Off Broadway: Writer/Composer/Performer on Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Soundtrack on RCA Victor. Broadway: Vince Fontaine in Tommy Tune’s production of Grease. He also appeared in every domestic company of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, understudying everyone from Nathan Lane and Jason Alexander, to Tony Danza and David Hassellhoff. He was the original Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, a Musical Spectacular, soundtrack on Disney Records. Nick is a resident of Los Angeles and is currently writing a book about classic film comedians, Nick’s been a long time film historian, and has written several articles on the topic. |